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Monday, December 12, 2011

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews talks about his biography of John F. Kennedy, who he calls an elusive hero. Daniel Eagan discusses the 50 newest additions to the National Film Registry. The Daily Show’s resident expert, John Hodgman, talks about That Is All, the final installment of his trilogy: Complete World Knowledge. Plus, we’ll take a look at the science of waiting on lines, and we’ll take your calls on the hazards and strategies you have for shopping during the holiday season.

Chris Matthews on JFK and Politics Today

Chris Matthews, Host of the Chris Matthews Show, talks about national politics, the economy, and next year’s election. He’ll also discusses his biography Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, which looks at the defining moments in Kennedy’s personal life and presidency and his legacy.

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America’s Film Legacy

Daniel Eagan discusses America’s Film Legacy, 2009-2010, a companion volume to his 2008 book, America’s Film Legacy, a guide to the 500 most significant films ever made in the United States as selected by the National Film Registry. The updated edition includes well-known movies, like "The Muppet Movie" and "Dog Day Afternoon," to more obscure films, like "A Study in Reds" and "Hot Dogs for Gauguin."

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John Hodgman's That Is All

John Hodgman discusses the third and final installment in his trilogy of Complete World Knowledge, That Is All. Like its predecessors, this book compiles incredibly handy made-up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, and fascinating narratives on new and familiar themes.

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The Art and Science of Waiting on Line

The holidays involve a lot of standing on line—in museums, at the movies, and, of course, at stores. Wall Street Journal reporter Ray Smith discusses the science of lines, looking at what’s really happening at checkout. His article “Find the Best Checkout Line” appeared in the Wall Street Journal December 8. He’s joined by Narayan Janakiraman an assistant professor of marketing at Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona who has researched how impatient shoppers get while waiting on line.

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Guest Picks: Jacques Torres

Chocolatier Jacques Torres was on the Lopate Show recently to share his favorite holiday recipes, and he also shared his love of peanut M&M's!

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Guest Picks: MSNBC host Chris Matthews

MSNBC host Chris Matthews was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to discuss the legacy of Pres. Kennedy and he also told us exactly how he likes his prime rib done!

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Guest Picks: John Hodgman

Writer (and sometime guest host of the Lopate Show) John Hodgman spoke to Leonard about That Is All, the last part of his trilogy called Complete World Knowledge. He also revealed what his comfort food is and why he loved Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road.

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